Proving that her excellent first book, Jacob, was no fluke, Frank's second novel ratchets up the tension in her unusually compelling world. Keeping the storylines based around a core group of characters, with each getting his or her romantic due, gives this series tremendous appeal, and readers are instantly vested in the drama. Frank is
destined to be a huge force in the genre.
When Magdalegna, the sister of Demon King Noah, is nearly destroyed in a necromancer "summoning," Gideon's buried emotions come roaring to the surface. Years earlier he nearly lost control with young Legna and went into self-imposed exile. Now he realizes he can't hide from destiny. Convincing Legna to forgive may be tough, but in times of war, passion and love must be seized as if there's no promise of tomorrow. (ZEBRA, Jun., 352 pp., $6.99)